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Jun. 30, 2015

Associate Professor Carol Tilley will join thousands of her fellow comic book fans in San Diego July 9-12 for Comic-Con International, one of the largest comics and entertainment events in the world. Tilley will share her expertise in comics and comics history through her participation in the following panel discussions:

"Lost (and Found) Comics Studies of the Past," with authors Brad Ricca and Sean Howe.

Over the past year, a number of surprising (and stunning) lost pieces of comics scholarship have come to light. In particular, we will discuss the 1942 comics thesis of "Superman" artist Paul Cassidy, newly discovered by Sean Howe. Cassidy’s thesis has been a revelation, but scholar Carol Tilley has begun unearthing additional comics theses from the 1930s and 1940s that expand our understanding of comics production practices, readership trends, and practical applications. What was the first comics...

Jun. 2, 2015

Several GSLIS affiliates presented this week at HASTAC 2015, the annual conference of the Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory. Held at Michigan State University May 28-29, HASTAC 2015 featured presentations relating to the theme, "Art and Science of Digital Humanities."

GSLIS postdoctoral research associate Sayan Bhattacharyya presented an interactive session titled, "Workshop on Text Analytics with the HathiTrust Research Center: An Introduction to Tools for Working with Digitized Text and Metadata."

From the abstract: This workshop is intended for a broad audience ranging from curious graduate students exploring digital humanities to the experienced text mining researcher. The workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to the HathiTrust Digital Libraru collection and its...

Apr. 20, 2015

The GSLIS Office of Advancement is happy to announce that the School's first G. Edward Evans Minority Student Scholarship will be awarded for the Fall 2015 semester. Dr. Evans's (PhD '69) goal in making this gift was to facilitate increased enrollment of underrepresented groups in LIS education and the information professions.

In addition to making a substantial personal gift to the School, Evans is calling on the publishers who have benefited from his professional success to contribute as well. Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, has accepted Evans's challenge and made a contribution to the scholarship fund. He is calling on his peers in the field to give as well.

After completing his PhD at GSLIS in 1969, Evans joined the faculty at University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Library and Information Science, where he worked closely with the American Indian Studies Center and helped to secure scholarships for Native American students. He was...

Mar. 26, 2015

Deborah Stevenson, assistant professor and director of The Center for Children’s Books at GSLIS, will participate in several events in the coming weeks.

On March 30, Stevenson will deliver the 22nd annual Lois Lenski Children’s Literature Lecture at Illinois State University. Her talk will be titled, “The Elephants in the Room: The Challenges of Diversity in Youth Literature.”

Abstract: This year marks the 50th anniversary of Nancy Larrick’s “The All-White World of Children’s Books,” the article that first moved the diversity discussion into the public spotlight. And still and again diversity—by which we mostly mean the lack of it—remains a huge topic in the world of children’s literature. Why hasn’t there been more progress since the 1960s, and what obstacles...

Mar. 25, 2015

Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke has been selected to receive the University YWCA’s 2015 Leadership Award in Education in recognition of her work in social justice and higher education.

The annual award honors individuals or organizations whose work supports the mission of the YWCA, which is “dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.” Honorees display leadership, initiative, creativity, and dedication through their work in the community, and set positive examples for others.
A statement from the YWCA described Cooke as “an excellent academic, mentor, and proponent for institutional diversity and social justice. Dr. Cooke has worked diligently to diversify the curriculum and create spaces of inclusion for people of color within [the] library and information sciences.”

“I’m very excited about the award and grateful for this recognition. It’s wonderful to know that my work has inspired...

Mar. 12, 2015

GSLIS Assistant Professor Nicole A. Cooke recently spoke at the Digital Sociology Mini-conference, which was held February 27-28 in New York. Her talk, "Combating Cultural Misinformation/Disinformation on the Internet," was presented as part of a panel discussion titled, "Race, Racism, and Digitally Mediated Spaces." The mini-conference was hosted by the Digital Laboratory Working Group of The City University of New York and held in conjunction with annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society.

Abstract: The Internet is saturated with information that is of low-to-no quality. Yet, with lightening speed a great deal of this information goes viral without being vetted or confirmed. Much of this information is good and/or positive, but there is another, darker, side to this information coin—there is an inordinate amount of misinformation and disinformation (mis/dis) online. Mis/dis is information that is false, and even salacious and malicious enough to be damaging,...

Feb. 12, 2015

Artist, writer, zinester, crafter, student, mother—Ann Chiu is many things. She balances her eclectic interests with the help of the supportive GSLIS community and like-minded people in Portland, Oregon.

Why did you decide to pursue an LIS degree?
About four years ago, I found myself working part time as a waitress at an assisted living housing facility, and part time as a barista at a local coffee shop. With my other time, I made zines and art. With the editorial experience that I gained from zine making, I eventually traded the food service industry for an amazing opportunity to work as a graduate assistant researcher and assistant manager of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Library and Archive. Once I began working with college students, I became fascinated by their research topics and desired to help...